Esi Edugyan’s first novel, The Second Life of Samuel Tyne (2005), was shortlisted for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Her second novel, Half-Blood Blues (2011), about a mixed-race jazz band in World War II Paris and Berlin, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. A work of non-fiction, Dreaming of Elsewhere: Observations on Home, was published in 2014. She has taught creative writing at John Hopkins University and the University of Victoria and lives in Victoria, B.C. See her on stage at Saturday Night Live!